First off I'd like to inform you that I have finally managed to write a piece on my view of current economics. I didn't think it would fit here (as I believe this blog should remain about Arctic sea ice mostly), so I was lucky that Michael Tobis accepted it as a guest blog over at In It For the Gold, one of my favourite blogs. It's called Infinite Growth and the Crisis Cocktail.
Furthermore, TypePad is a bit annoying when a thread comprises more than 100 comments, so I figured it's time for Open Thread 3.
And finally, extent and area numbers are going down at the moment because of another extremely negative AO and a subsequently strong Beaufort Gyre. It will even out of course, but the downturn has become very pronounced and is a thing we haven't seen since, since, since... Last year!